CPU Performance

Much like other recent Android flagship devices, the Nexus 6 uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 APQ8084. It's built on TSMC's 28nm HPm process, and it will be Qualcomm's final chip based on their Krait architecture. Although the use of a Krait CPU unfortunately means we don't get to take advantage of the 64-bit support built into Android Lollipop, it's still one of the fastest chips you'll find in an Android device today and will remain so until the first half of 2015. In order to measure CPU performance with some degree of comparability between different platforms, we turn to our typical suite of browser benchmarks, along with BaseMark OS II. 

SunSpider 1.0.2 Benchmark  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT (Chrome/Safari/IE)

BaseMark OS II - Overall

BaseMark OS II - System

BaseMark OS II - Web

BaseMark OS II - Graphics

BaseMark OS II - Memory

As you can see, the Nexus 6 performs how you would expect a Snapdragon 805 device to perform. All of its scores are similar to the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A, with the exception of the extremely high BaseMark OS II Graphics score which I believe is some sort of error relating to the compatibility of the benchmark with Android Lollipop.

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  • Craigwhite3 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    OnePlus is the way to go. Battery life and performance are outstanding.

    I get more than double the life of my Nexus 5, 30% more than my Galaxy S5 and still comparing to my iPhone 6.
  • smorebuds - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    FYI there's another preorder session for the OPO in a few days.

  • echoe - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    you may want to try an lg g2, i bought one from ebay [$230!] and it's pretty good. :) Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    If you can deal with an ecosystem change, the Lumia 1520 is awesome (and should be cheap by now). To give you an idea, today I streamed several hours of Pandora, browsed for a few hours, listed to 3 podcasts, made a few calls, read this entire article, and I sit at 53%. Reply
  • Midwayman - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    What a piece of crap. I can't imagine buying one, let alone at a premium price after this review. Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    Android: Biggar is Bettar!! Reply
  • ASEdouardD - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    Very informative review as usual for Anandtech. Really the most definitive you can get.

    Although just a little advice: you should work on your writing skills. It feels a little schoolworkish sometimes.
  • danbob999 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    Worst Nexus release since the Nexus S. Or maybe ever.
    I still recommend the Nexus 5. The Nexus 6 isn't worth the price premium.
  • smartthanyou - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    Oh well. I was really interested in the Nexus 6 but the display calibration issue and shorter battery life killed it for me. Maybe if it was $100-150 cheaper I would be tempted but not at its current price. Reply
  • edsib1 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    I'd still take the G3 over the Nexus 6. Much better to hold in the hand, plus a microSD slot, and a £100 cheaper here in the UK (£400 rather than £500 sim only). Reply

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